In the series introduction, I had mentioned that you are going to determine the Toppers of 2015. And guess what, you have done a great job voting for your favourites in the form I shared with you. Now, with over 50 responses, it is time I share the results. One thing though - the from will still be open, and you can continue to vote for your favourites until the 30th December. So if you haven’t, you still have a chance: Go Vote!
Coming to smartphones...
It is evident that smartphones have become our primary piece of tech. This year, we saw smartphones that are so powerful, they are able to handle everything from 4K video editing to heavy gaming. And complaints like “the camera isn’t good” and “the screen looks terrible” have completely faded away, even in phones that cost under $200.
So now that we are heading towards building of what comes closest to “the perfect smartphone”, let us count down the top 3 flagships and top 4 affordable smartphones that we saw this year. Again, the results have been determined by you, as the vote count suggests.
Top 3 flagships:
3. Nexus 6P
2. Samsung Galaxy S6/Edge
However, the S6's most standout feature is its looks. Samsung went all out to replace the plasticy material of the previous generations with glass and aluminum, and they succeeded in making the phone "a statement" to carry around, just like the iPhone is.
Overall, if you are in the market for an Android phone and you pick this (or any other S6 and Note variant), you'll definitely be satisfied.
1. Apple iPhone 6S/Plus
With almost 65% of the votes to their side, the iPhone duo has taken the crown this year. And I agree with it.
Having used the 6S myself for over a month now, it is very close to the perfect phone. I’m not hundred percent satisfied by how it looks and feels, and I’m not sure if it is worth shelling out over $700 for this phone, but the iPhone makes a statement no other product can match. This phone/s, just like all iPhones, is a success. With 3D Touch, 4K video recording, and that beastly A9 chip, there is nothing to compare on the performance side of things. Sure it doesn’t have an OLED panel and doesn’t boast any software features for the 6S Plus’s screen estate, and the 6S has a short battery life, but as an overall package, you can’t go wrong with this phone.
Those are the flagships! Undoubtedly, you can never go wrong buying any if them as all of them are excellent devices.
Here are the statistics:
Top 4 affordable phones:
(Why 4? Because the vote count difference was extremely small)
4. Nexus 5X
3. OnePlus X
2. OnePlus 2
1. Motorola Moto G (Gen. 3)
I have one complain with all the above phones (excluding phablets): battery life. Almost all phones, including all the ones I listed in the poll are brilliant pieces of engineering and you cannot really go wrong buying any of them, but almost all of the sub-5” phones have terrible battery life. Phones like the iPhone 6S and the Nexus 5X rely on software features to improve battery life. For how long will this last? When will phone-makers work on improving battery life just as they have on improving performance, displays and cameras? I’ll be waiting till next year to see this resolved (hopefully).
Come back tomorrow for some more Toppers of 2015! And don’t forget to vote, if you still haven’t.